cover of book
 

BUY FROM PUBLISHER


Available as an ebook at:
OverDrive



Meditations, With Distractions: Poems, 1988-1998
by James McAuley
University of Arkansas Press, 2001
eISBN: 978-1-61075-262-6 | Paper: 978-1-55728-700-7
Library of Congress Classification PR6025.A1612M43 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 821.914

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | REVIEWS | TOC | REQUEST ACCESSIBLE FILE
ABOUT THIS BOOK

At the center of James McAuley’s new collection—the work of over a decade since his previous book, Coming & Going, New & Selected—is the sequence, “God’s Pattern,” meditations on the Stations of the Cross, an old devotional form of pilgrimage or “pattern” still practiced in rural parishes of the poet’s native country, Ireland. Theme and treatment vary throughout the collection, from somber reflection on the fate of a drunk in a cheap hotel room, “Cantata for the Feast of St. Anonymous,” to the scathing Celtic-style satire, “The Gingriad.” McAuley is well regarded for his experiments with traditional forms and rhythms: examples included are blank-verse narratives and elegies, a Haiku sequence, sonnets, a variation on the topographical poetry of the seventeenth century, even a carmen figurata.


Meditations, With Distractions has the qualities that all good poetry should possess: depth, erudition, accessibility, a joy in the practice of language. Combine these qualities with McAuley’s humanity and humor, and the result is a collection that readers will come to enjoy and appreciate more and more with each successive reading.



See other books on: McAuley, James | Meditations | Poetry
See other titles from University of Arkansas Press
Nearby on shelf for English literature / 1900-1960: